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Indian Minister to discuss consumer protection with Business School

13 December 2019
Top level delegation to strengthen ties between Australia and India
A ministerial level delegation from India will meet with University of Sydney Business School representatives on Monday for discussions as part of the Collaborative Consumer Project funded by DFAT's Australia India Council.

The visit by the Indian delegation, led by Shri Raosaheb Dadarao Danve, Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, is seen as a significant development in the University's efforts to strengthen relations with India's business and educational sectors.

The University's Vice-Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence, led a 60-member delegation of academics and professional staff to India in November.

The Collaborative Consumer Project, led by the Business School's Business Law Professor Gail Pearson, brings together Australian and Indian experts in a joint effort to strengthen consumer protection in one of the world's largest and most complex economic, commercial and social environments.

In addition to the Business School, partners in the Project, which was launched in Delhi in 2018, include the ACCC, NSW Fair Trading and Consumer Affairs Victoria. 

"We are engaging with India because we know how important India is to our future," said Professor Pearson. "India's economy is being transformed and it has a very large and skilled population."

"Consumer protection is essential for a successful and competitive economy because it means that companies can compete equally on the basis of meeting consumer needs," she said.

In addition to the Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, the high-level Indian delegation includes:

  • Shri Amit Mehta, Joint Secretary, Consumer Affairs
  • Shri Abhishek Narang, Officer on Special Duty to Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
  • Shri Shukracharya Jadhav, Private Secretary to Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
  • Shri G.C.Rout, Deputy Secretary, Consumer Affairs